Four American Revolution documents: Common Sense by Thomas Paine; the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson; the Constitution and the Bill of Rights by James Madison. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Deaver Brown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/smag/000331de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1550-51, Bartolomé de las Casas and Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda, in the Valladolid Debate, attempted to settle the issue of whether or not Native Americans should have been enslaved, given sanction by the Pope. Both carefully argued their sides, las Casas stating emphatically, through his ´´Apología´´, that Native Americans were not all uncivilized and that only Canaanite tribes could be enslaved. What ensued was a heated, good-versus-evil argument that settled nothing and still allowed the Catholic Church and the Spanish government to condone and support the continued enslavement of native peoples. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dennis Logan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039554de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The cowboy, America´s most popular folk hero, appeals to millions of readers of novels, histories, biographies, and folk tales. Cowboys command a vast audience on country radio, television, and at the movies, but what exactly is a cowboy? Authors Joe B. Frantz and Julian Ernest Choate, Jr., reveal the real, dyed-in-the-wool cowboy as a heroic being from the American past, who richly deserves to be understood in terms of reality, instead of myth. Here, then, is the definitive portrait of the American cowboy - in frontier history and in literature - reexamined, revitalized, and set in the proper perspective. Many exciting accounts of cowboy life have been presented by such talented writers as J. Evetts Haley, J. Frank Dobie, Wayne Gard, Walter Prescott Webb, Edward Everett Dale, Helena Huntington Smith, Ramon F. Adams, and C. L. Sonnichsen. But Frantz and Choate see the cowboy in relation to the entire panorama of western history and as part of a continuing tradition: ´´The American cowboy has carved a niche - niche nothing, it´s a gorge - in American affection as a folk hero, and in this role we have surveyed him.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Toner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/060300de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker have fascinated the world since the 19th century. In her captivating book, Chang and Eng Reconnected, Cynthia Wu traces the ´´Original Siamese Twins´´ through the terrain of American culture, showing how their inseparability underscored tensions between individuality and collectivity in the American popular imagination. Using letters, medical documents and exhibits, literature, art, film, and family lore, Wu provides a trans-historical analysis that presents the Bunkers as both a material presence and as metaphor. She also shows how the twins figure in representations of race, disability, and science in fictional narratives about nation building. As astute entrepreneurs, the twins managed their own lives; nonetheless, as Chang and Eng Reconnected shows, American culture has always viewed them through the multiple lenses of difference. The book is published by Temple University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kathleen Godwin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/056731de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Why does honey from the tupelo-lined banks of the Apalachicola River have a kick of cinnamon unlike any other? Why is salmon from Alaskas´ Yukon River the richest in the world? Why does one underground cave in Greensboro, Vermont, produce many of the country´s most intense cheeses? The answer is terroir (tare-WAHR), the ´´taste of place´´. Originally used by the French to describe the way local conditions such as soil and climate affect the flavor of a wine, terroir has been little understood (and often mispronounced) by Americans, until now. For those who have embraced the local food movement, American Terroir will share the best of America´s bounty and explain why place matters. It will be the first guide to the ´´flavor landscapes´´ of some of our most iconic foods, including apples, honey, maple syrup, coffee, oysters, salmon, wild mushrooms, wine, cheese, and chocolate. With equally iconic recipes by the author and important local chefs, and a complete resource section for finding place-specific foods, American Terroir is the perfect companion for any self-respecting locavore. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Maxwell Caulfield. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009715de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the heart of North America, the Missouri, Ohio, and Mississippi rivers come together, uniting waters from west, north, and east on a journey to the south. This is the region that Stephen Aron calls the American Confluence. Aron´s innovative book examines the history of that region - a home to the Osage, a colony exploited by the French, a new frontier explored by Lewis and Clark - and focuses on the region´s transition from a place of overlapping borderlands to one of oppositional border states. American Confluence is a lively account that will delight both the amateur and professional historian. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Randy Whitlow. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059068de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This newest volume in Oxford´s acclaimed Pivotal Moments series offers an unforgettable portrait of the Nez Perce War of 1877, the last great Indian conflict in American history. It was, as Elliott West shows, a tale of courage and ingenuity, of desperate struggle and shattered hope, of short-sighted government action and a doomed flight to freedom.To tell the story, West begins with the early history of the Nez Perce and their years of friendly relations with white settlers. In an initial treaty, the Nez Perce were promised a large part of their ancestral homeland, but the discovery of gold led to a stampede of settlement within the Nez Perce land. Numerous injustices at the hands of the U.S. government, combined with the settlers´ invasion, provoked this most accomodating of tribes to war.West offers a riveting account of what came next: the harrowing flight of 800 Nez Perce, including many women, children, and elderly, across 1,500 miles of mountainous and difficult terrain. He gives a full reckoning of the campaigns and battles - and the unexpected turns, brilliant stratagems, and grand heroism that occurred along the way. And he brings to life the complex characters from both sides of the conflict, including cavalrymen, officers, politicians, and - at the center of it all - the Nez Perce themselves (the Nimiipuu, ´´true people´´).The book sheds light on the war´s legacy, including the near sainthood that was bestowed upon Chief Joseph, whose speech of surrender, ´´I will fight no more forever,´´ became as celebrated as the Gettysburg Address.Based on a rich cache of historical documents, from government and military records to contemporary interviews and newspaper reports, The Last Indian War offers a searing portrait of a moment when the American identity - who was and who was not a citizen - was being forged. The ´´Pivotal Moments in American History” series seeks to unite the old and the new history, combining th... 1. Language: English. Narrator: B. J. Harrison. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001546de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Chinese speakers may enjoy this audio lecture series, which provides, in Mandarin Chinese, an overview of U.S. history, economy, politics, and society with the goal of helping listeners improve their understanding of America and Americans. The series is also aimed at people who are learning to speak Chinese, who will gain vocabulary to discuss American society and culture with native speakers. In this first half of a course on American presidential elections, Dr. Sasha Gong, a Peking University and Harvard-educated scholar, gives a historical account of the electoral system, the expansion of the voting population, and party primary campaigns. She pays special attention to the woman´s suffrage and the civil rights movements, and evaluates the pros and cons of the electoral college system.Please note: This audiobook is in Mandarin Chinese. 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gong/000001de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With Mormonism on the verge of an unprecedented cultural and political breakthrough, an eminent scholar of American evangelicalism explores the history and reflects on the future of this native-born American faith and its connection to the life of the nation. In 1830, a young seer and sometime treasure hunter named Joseph Smith began organizing adherents into a new religious community that would come to be called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (and known informally as the Mormons). One of the nascent faith’s early initiates was a 23-year-old Ohio farmer named Parley Pratt, the distant grandfather of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. In The Mormon People, religious historian Matthew Bowman peels back the curtain on more than 180 years of Mormon history and doctrine. He recounts the church’s origin and development, explains how Mormonism came to be one of the fastest-growing religions in the world by the turn of 21st century, and ably sets the scene for a 2012 presidential election that has the potential to mark a major turning point in the way this ´´all-American” faith is perceived by the wider American public - and internationally. Mormonism started as a radical movement, with a profoundly transformative vision of American society that was rooted in a form of Christian socialism. Over the ensuing centuries, Bowman demonstrates, that vision has evolved - and with it the esteem in which Mormons have been held in the eyes of their countrymen. Admired on the one hand as hardworking paragons of family values, Mormons have also been derided as oddballs and persecuted as polygamists, heretics, and zealots clad in ´´magic underwear”. Even today, the place of Mormonism in public life continues to generate heated debate on both sides of the political divide. Polls show widespread unease at the prospect of a Mormon president. Yet the faith has never been more popular. Today there are about 14 million Mo... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Deakins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002875de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor comes a harrowing and enlightening look at the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, from National Book Award finalist Albert Marrin. Just 75 years ago, the American government did something that most would consider unthinkable today: It rounded up over 100,000 of its own citizens based on nothing more than their ancestry and, suspicious of their loyalty, kept them in concentration camps for the better part of four years. How could this have happened? Uprooted takes a close look at the history of racism in America and carefully follows the treacherous path that led one of our nation´s most beloved presidents to make this decision. Meanwhile, it also illuminates the history of Japan and its own struggles with racism and xenophobia, which led to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, ultimately tying the two countries together. Today America is still filled with racial tension, and personal liberty in wartime is as relevant a topic as ever. Moving and impactful, National Book Award finalist Albert Marrin´s sobering exploration of this monumental injustice shines as bright a light on current events as it does on the past. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marc Cashman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/002161de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.